Six years ago the Moa Flat Rural Women’s group decided to do something with the children at the Heriot School as they learned about recycling and re-purposing materials.
Organiser Gloria McHutchon said the group saw a gap in the children’s arts education and so they set up an arts programme to help them out.
“We gathered materials and people from around the district to help out at the first arts workshop and now six years later we have over 28 volunteers helping the teachers at the school for the three-day arts show.”
“Heriot school has undergone an increase in roll lately and all the 65 pupils embraced the Christmas theme we set for this year’s arts programme,” Mrs McHutchon said.
“They made a wide variety of Christmas decorations out of wood, food, sewing, wool and even pine cones.
They also made cards from odd bits and pieces, tote bags and wooden tool boxes and all had a lot of fun decorating their creations.
“We had a very positive response from the children and the volunteers and it has all helped the school continue its policy of older kids helping out the young ones and vice›versa,” she said.